Possible factory unlocked Apple iPhone 5 prices show up on Apple website

Possible factory unlocked Apple iPhone 5 prices show up on Apple website
Even though Apple has yet to announce pricing for its factory unlocked Apple iPhone 5 models which are expected in stores later this year, a simple search inquiry for "unlocked iPhone 5" at the Apple.com website revealed a heading called "Apple Store Results" with images of the device and pricing. The pricing, starting at $639, matches the pricing for unlocked models that are sold in Canada.

The 16GB, 32GB and 64GB prices work out to $649, $749 and $849 respectively. While there is a chance that this is just a placeholder, Apple must have considered this a breach of some sorts since it has taken down the original images, replacing it with prices for unlocked Apple iPhone 4S and Apple iPhone 4 models. Once the Apple iPhone 5's global rollout is over, and the supply-demand equation is more in balance, Apple is expected to offer the factory unlocked variant of its latest smartphone in the United States.

While Apple currently doesn't sell an unlocked version of the Apple iPhone 5 in the states, the CDMA model sold by Verizon was found to work on the GSM networks of AT&T and T-Mobile. In addition, the AT&T model can be unlocked, and with an iTunes reset and a new nano-SIM card, can work over T-Mobile's pipeline where over 1 million unlocked iPhone units already run.

source: AppleInsider

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26 Comments

1. brandonrana

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

Nobody cares!!! Except for sheeps! LUMIA 920 is what we r looking for ;)

7. brandonrana

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

Sorry forgot the nexus 4 too.. Best buy

13. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Upto $849 for a phone...thats coming in the $1000 category...where are the good old days when you could just buy an apple from your grocery store for a lot less :)

2. chronopc

Posts: 97; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

$649 for iPhone 5 vs. $349 for Nexus 4. Sure is expensive having that Apple logo on your phone.

9. MeoCao unregistered

And I love that big beautiful screen, notification center, google now... ... Oh I forget that revolutionary PhotoSphere, sorry there are so many exciting features. Who cares about that apple partially ate by somebody else.

23. khanrehan99

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

Totally agree with you man. Android is always revolutionary and offers something with each new update as opposed to apple keep fixing "bugs". GO TEAM ANDROID!!

11. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Don't pretty much all high-end smartphones (except for the Nexus) have high price tags, not just the iPhone? Seems like every logo makes your phone more expensive. And the Nexus 4 is only a deal if you buy it retail. If it's true that companies like T-mobile will sell it for $200 w/o LTE then that would be a major rip-off. And aren't there 101 apps in both the Play Store and the App Store that have the same functions as Photo Sphere? Let's hold off on calling everything Google does revolutionary.

17. syedzain

Posts: 175; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Correct it lol, Nexus priced at 599 Euros and In google play its 300 euros... hahhahahahah

3. KazEmpire

Posts: 39; Member since: Nov 07, 2011

649$ for 16GB Model? FTW! its the double of Nexus 4 Give me 1 good reason why i shouldnt pay less and get alot more?

24. khanrehan99

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

There is no reasons except if you are a sheep haha,,,NEXUS ALL THE WAY!!

4. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

What's an "Unlockled"?

6. KazEmpire

Posts: 39; Member since: Nov 07, 2011

it means you can use on any carrier in the world.

14. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

they unlocked the LED display thats why its "Unlockled".. but still wrong bec. its LCD.. hey check it out..

5. Savage unregistered

This is daylight robbery. Making this phone costs no more than $200. Ain't paying thrice the price just for "quality"

8. Lawliet

Posts: 160; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

The rest is for the "OS"

10. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

That is not expensive enough, in my country the 16gb iPhone 5 sells for $1000...

15. thelegend6657 unregistered

Where you live ?

16. thelegend6657 unregistered

It's probably because of taxes . Here in Malaysia we have no tax for phones and tabs . But our automotive tax is crazy ! It cost USD 106K just to buy the Mercedes e200 base model with no options ticked

20. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

no no...because the iPhone 5 hasn't been sold in my country yet, maybe january 2013, it's a "black-market" version so the seller can ask any amount they want, "THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED TO PAY FOR AN IPHONE 5, DEAL WITH IT OR YOU WON'T GET YOUR HANDS ON IPHONE 5" i live in indonesia Apple products are usually pricier in developing countries, and cheaper in developed countries, in the meantime. the nexus 4 will be sell for 550 bucks in my country, yeah im not kidding, because my country has no google play store, you all who was born in the states are very lucky :( take me there right f**kin now

21. juanmag4

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 21, 2012

In Argentina we paid 10 times the value. Americans are lucky

22. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

it is ! 1000000000000% lucky ! i wanna move to us !

25. khanrehan99

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

Dude, dont make a phone that much of a serious deal. There are many other things you can focus on. I mean i know its nice to have high end new electronics to play with but paying over $1K is ridiculous and a complete waste of your hard earned money.

12. fistigons

Posts: 368; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

Noob question: If you buy an unlocked phone and then put it on a network does it then become locked? If so how easy is it to unlock? I know if you buy a phone from a carrier they can unlock it for you after your contract is up, but since you aren't on a contract with an unlocked phone it seems like it shouldn't lock.

18. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

If you buy a factory unlocked phone your carrier can't lock it if you put it on their network, at least to my knowledge

19. syedzain

Posts: 175; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

well in india its prized 38,000 rs that's converted to Us Dollars to 600$ ( current rate ) So I don't think its expensive. here s3 is almost 34,000 rs ..... So only 4000 up...

26. juwansome

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Just buy an iPod Touch 5G and tether it to your Android ;-)

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